Teaching BEYOND CLASS ROOMS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Aug 2018 15:35:40


 

By resmi umesh

Teaching beyond classrooms is teaching without boundary. We do the syllabus completion for exams and the child’s one and only aim become completion and getting marks by reproducing it in the paper. What is the use of this education system. It’s nothing other than producing parrots . How this type of education help the child in future?


Learning is very complex and it is fruitful when we apply our learning in different situations. Child should know the practical applications of what he/she is learning. Moreover institutions cannot remark a child as incapable. Each and every individual is unique and differently abled. Present day education system tests every individual in the same way. I remember one cartoon where the teacher asks all the students to climb the tree. Here the students are monkey, elephant, snake, dog etc. How can every body do the same experiment? Can we decide here that elephant is incapable?


Educational institutions and the governing bodies should give more importance to the practical learning and should give the students a variety of learning experiences. Our duty is not to repeat the same lessons and by heart but to create some thing new from the old knowledge. If every generation has to re invent how to generate electricity or discover atomic energy, there would be no progress. The whole idea is to gather the knowledge and provide the students the tools to understand and filter the relevant from the irrelevant. Creation of the new knowledge is important than making putting lot of knowledge in them.


Here comes the importance of learning beyond the classrooms and connecting students to country’s problems. What is the use of producing the literate idiots in the schools if they can’t raise their voice against corruption? What’s the use of churning IIT’ ians if they don’t raise their voice against country’s problems. We seldom encourage the students to ask questions in the class. Students should talk , think, analyse and understand every thing. Not only the syllabus but also the country’s problems.


Secondary and higher secondary level education should be competent enough to give variety of experiences in debates and discussions. It should not be once in a while but frequently conducted. Let them ask questions and find way of solving problems too. This type of learning will boost confidence in young minds. Students will start learning with more interest and they are finding innovative methods to solve their problems. Connecting students to country’s problems will create a learned generation not a literate one.


This will empower the students and they will be more conscious of what’s happening around them. Let them work with NGO’S. Meet the government and create forums to discuss the world issues in school!


I read somewhere that the political science students of international universities are discussing the problems of India and suggesting their own ideas! Why our own children are not involving in country’s problems? Students of India should know the heart of India and rich Indian culture. Let them live in villages and do their summer internships. Let them travel and keep their eyes and ears open. Let them find the problems and solutions and that way get a platform to contribute for our country.


A change in curricula is the need of the hour. It is important for the teachers and students to become creative. We do mountain of syllabus without touching the heart of it. Let them study a little but with a little sense.
In that way we can hope for an education system which is beyond money making, beyond the selfishness and beyond the borders…..
(The author is HM, (Primary),
Saraswati Vidyalaya, Nagpur and can be reached at
[email protected])

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